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ISA Infected Salmon Controversy and CFIA

In mid-January 2013 it was found that Cooke Aquaculture was processing ISA-infected farmed salmon from cages in Nova Scotia at their facility in Blacks Harbour, NB amidst increased bio-security protocols. At the same time, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) announced it was abandoning ISA eradication as a standard protocol, and instead was adjusting to the standard of prevention of ISA.

This since resulted in major public "push-back" on the idea of diseased Atlantic salmon entering the food market system, as well as increased calls for land-based closed-containment where the disease will not affect marine species such as endangered wild Atlantic salmon, herring, cod, etc.

This page has links to several of the most significant articles, as well as opinion pieces and letters-to the-editor.


Viability of land-farmed salmon - interview with Steve Summerfelt - Feb. 4, 2013

Bill Taylor on CBC's As It Happens Talks ISA - Feb. 2, 2013

Salmon Expert Speaks Out When CFIA Allows Diseased Fish to Go to Market (Global TV) - Feb. 1, 2013

Infected Salmon Declared Fit for Human Consumption (The Star) - Feb. 1, 2013

Deadly Virus Renews Calls for Land-based Aquaculture - Feb. 1, 2013

Infected Salmon Cleared for Market by CFIA - Jan. 31, 2013 - ASF's Bill Taylor Interviewed by CBC Information Morning
ASF wants moratorium on ocean-based fish farms - Jan. 31, 2013
Aquaculture, salmon and dinner - Jan. 29, 2013
I'll Give the Diseased Fish a Pass, Thank You - Jan. 29, 2013
NL Aquaculture Industry Association “Doth Protest Too Much, Methinks” - Jan. 30, 2013
Nova Scotia ISA Outbreak Resolved - Says CIFA - Jan. 30, 2013
Eastern Shore Group Launches Anti-Salmon Feedlot Bus Campaign - Jan. 28, 2013
CFIA No Longer Talks ISA Eradication - Jan. 28, 2013
Sobeys Not Selling Cooke ISA Salmon - Jan. 23, 2013
Voice of the People - On Serving ISA Quarantined Salmon - Jan. 23, 2013
ISA Quarantined NS Salmon Headed to NB for Processing - Jan. 22, 2013
Quarantined NS Farmed Salmon Sent to NB for Processing - Jan. 19, 2013